MONCKS CORNER — An 8-foot-tall granite monument with the names of 263 Confederate soldiers from Berkeley County will be unveiled Saturday.

A local group spent 15 years gathering names and raising money.

“We know there were more than 263 Confederate soldiers from Berkeley County,” said Nathan Daniel, a former commander with the General Ellison Capers Camp of the Sons of the Confederate Veterans, which spearheaded the effort. “There will be a lot of names we will never know. But we’ve got these names engraved in this monument for eternity. Now they will never be lost.”

If enough additional names are collected, a second monument will be considered, Daniel said.

The CSS David Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy joined the fundraising effort to make the monument possible. President Jan Stewart spent several hours making a custom-fitted black cover with a Confederate battle flag on each side that will be lifted off during the ceremony. A simple tarp was out of the question.

“These soldiers deserve better than that,” she said.

The dedication ceremony at Old Santee Canal Park is scheduled to include a gun and cannon salute and remarks by Republican state Senate President Pro Tempore Glenn McConnell of Charleston, a Confederate re-enactor.

The monument has names on both side. “Lest We Forget These Men Who Fought For Their Freedom And Independence” is engraved on one side.

The other side says “Honoring Berkeley County Soldiers ‘Deo Vindice,’?” the motto on the Great Seal of the Confederacy that’s usually translated as “God will vindicate.”